WED 2017: NEMA, NFA plant 100,000 Trees in Teso Region

The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) and the National Forestry Authority (NFA) have launched a tree planting campaign targeting the eight districts and two municipalities in the Teso Sub-Region.

The May 25th launch at Ngora District Local Government headquarters had district and municipality leaders from the region receive each 10,000 trees from the Agencies as one of the restoration activities leading to the June 5th World Environment Day commemorations.

While handing over the trees, Hon. Agnes Akiror Egunyu, the Minister of State for Teso Affairs, called upon the technical and political leaders to educate the local people to use the environment sustainably as it will facilitate even the future generations. She also challenged the leaders to set up monitoring mechanism for all the tree planting projects that different stakeholders have been implementing. “It is important we take stock of all the tree planting initiatives in the region to ensure that actually they were planted,” Hon. Akiror said.

The Executive Director NEMA, Dr. Tom Okurut said that NEMA and NFA were embarking on an exercise to revitalise tree planting and restorations initiatives in local communities, a role largely decentralised to Local Governments by law. He also stated that this is one of the many tree planting campaigns across the country as one of the activities the institution (NEMA) is using to remind Ugandans of their collective role in environment management. The Executive Director, NFA, Mr. Michael Mugisa emphasized the need for collective effort in restoring the 90,000 Ha of forest cover that Uganda loses every year especially to meet fuel needs.

The event was also graced the RDC Ngora, Mr. Henry Ariong, the Speaker and members of Ngora Town Council. The Minister of state for Teso Region led all the members in a tree planting exercise to crown up the day’s events. On May 12th, NEMA planted 90,000 trees in the Manafwa District and an event supported by the Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga planted 30,000 trees in Kamuli two days later.

World Environment Day, 2017 will be hosted under the national theme, “Connect to Nature, Appreciate Biodiversity” and will be hosted by Ibanda District Local Government.